'Manuel's comments don't sway ANC support for Zuma'
The former finance minister has urged President Jacob Zuma to step down.
JOHANNESBURG - A political analyst has said the call by former finance minister Trevor Manuel for President Jacob Zuma to step down is unlikely to impact support for Zuma from within the ANC.
In an interview last night, Manuel told Soweto TV that the Constitutional Court judgment against Zuma represented a deep crisis.
Manuel said that Zuma violated the Constitution.
"A violation of the key oath of office of the head of state, which I think is a deep crisis. I think it's in all of our interests that the president actually steps aside."
Last week, the court found the president did not uphold, defend and respect the Constitution, because he failed to comply with the findings of the Public Protector's report on Nkandla.
He was also ordered to repay a portion of the money spent on upgrading his private home.
National Treasury has been given 60 days to determine a reasonable amount for Zuma to pay back.
He will then have 45 days to pay the final amount.
Political analyst Aubrey Matshiqi says while Manuel's comments are significant, they have not swayed support for Zuma within the African National Congress (ANC).
"I'm not persuaded yet that even this increasing number of leaders in the ANC who are critical of the president are beginning to change the balance of support for the president inside the ANC."
Last week, the ANC Youth League and the ANC Women's League came out in support of the president.
The women's league said they stand firmly behind the president.
The youth league's secretary general Njabulo Nzuza agreed with the women's league.
"We do not believe that President Jacob Zuma should step down because the Constitutional Court did not say the president must step down. It's not as if this thing can be corrected because the president himself said he was willing to pay for the upgrades," Nzuzu said.
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